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Farmington Fire 50 Percent Contained

Farmington Fire 50 Percent Contained

Posted - Jul. 14, 2003 at 8:00 a.m.



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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- The 4-day-old Farmington fire had been 50 percent contained by late Sunday, fire officials said.

The blaze earlier had been reported at 2,200 acres but after mapping Sunday, it was determined to be 1,840 acres, said fire information officer Steve Segin.

There were 337 personnel on the blaze and officials planned to have four crews -- 80 firefighters -- to camp near the area overnight to cut down on transit time, Segin said.

A homeless man, Joseph Heinz Bruhl, 33, told law enforcement officers he started the fire on Thursday because he wanted to go to jail. He was charged Friday with causing a catastrophe, and he is to be arraigned July 28 before 2nd District Judge Michael Allphin.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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